El Salvador, December 23, 2019—International
Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has approved
an $85 million dollar investment to Energía del Pacífico (EDP) in El Salvador,
to develop the first integrated Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Power project,
the largest private sector investment in the country.
The project will have a high development impact
for El Salvador and the region, creating permanent, high-quality jobs,
diversifying the country’s energy matrix, reducing fluctuations, making
electricity more affordable and fostering long-term sustainable economic
growth. Moreover, the Acajutla LNG Power project will have positive environmental
effects by displacing carbon and oil-based energy generation, thereby reducing
Luc Grillet, IFC Senior Manager for Central
America and the Caribbean, stressed the importance of the Acajutla LNG
project for the country’s economic growth and sustainable development,
and the impact for the rest of the region, as it will make it possible
for El Salvador to export energy through the SIEPAC transmission system
that connects Central America.
The project is comprised of a 378-megawatt
(MW) natural gas-fired power plant, a floating storage regasification unit
(FSRU), and an approximately 44-kilometer electric transmission line that
will strengthen the country’s electric grid through a connection with
SIEPAC. It is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2021.
The greenfield project will be majority-owned
by Invenergy, a leading US power developer, while the initial developer
of the project, Quantum Energy, remains a minority shareholder. Wartsila,
the EPC contractor for the power block, will operate the power plant, while
Shell will supply the LNG, both under long-term contracts.
“Energía del Pacífico is a transformational
project for El Salvador and the entire region – a shining example of the
enormous opportunity that can be created, despite prior obstacles, when
private initiatives have strong government support,” said Michael Polsky,
Invenergy Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Leveraging our decades
of development, engineering, finance, construction and operating experience,
Invenergy is uniquely positioned to lead this partnership and execute this
“IFC worked hand in hand with Energía del
Pacífico and its shareholders, and through our expertise gained from our
leading role in various LNG-to-Power projects across the world, IFC played
a catalytic role in ensuring the bankability of the project and mobilizing
debt from other lenders,” stated Adil Marghub, Regional Industry Head
for Infrastructure and Energy at IFC.
IFC committed an 18-year project finance A
Loan of up to $85 million, an 18-year interest rate hedging facility covering
$105 million of senior debt, and a funded mobilization package of $572
million with other global financial institutions like the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank and KfW/Finnvera.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than
$19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
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